‘Helping Citizens Be Aware’ is topic of free Palm Coast event
Mark Rutledge of the Crime Prevention Task Force of Florida will give a presentation titled “Helping Citizens Be Aware” during a free Lunch n’ Lecture program offered by the City of Palm Coast’s Parks & Recreation Department, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Topics to be covered include identity theft, fraud and scams, purse snatching, guns and alternative weapons, home safety, carjacking and more.

The lecture will start at 11 a.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, with lunch immediately following. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

Register online at by searching for “Activity” and then, once you’re on the Active Communities page, search again for “lunch.”

The Crime Prevention Task Force is a community service organization developed by former law enforcement officers. The organization’s mission is to achieve more awareness by the public of the criminal threat facing everyone in today’s society and show effective measures to counter that threat.

The program will raise attendees’ awareness of threats and to offer tested strategies to protect people and their property. Rutledge will present information citizens can use to enhance their personal security while at home and while doing as day-to-day activities out in the community.

Rutledge has spent 14 years with the Crime Prevention Task Force of Florida. During his career, he has worked as a security consultant for hospitals, schools, government employees and major businesses.

For more information, call 386-986-2323.


AACS to host Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 28
The African American Cultural Society is announcing that Kwanzaa 2013 will held on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the AACS Center, 4422 N. US Highway 1, Palm Coast.

This annual free public festivity of vendors, food and entertainment is partly supported by a cultural arts grant from the City of Palm Coast. This year’s celebration will focus on Ujima [oo-JEE-mah], the third of the seven Kwanzaa principles.  Ujima directs us to build and maintain our community together, and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problem, and to solve them together.

Contact Cynthia Bachoo at 386-986-6992 for vendor participation and Vikki Taylor for Kwanzaa event details.


Port Orange celebrates incorporation
This entire year the City of Port Orange has been celebrating its incorporation as the Town of Port Orange 100 years ago with events and celebrations.  The month of December has holiday activities scheduled along with a history lecture and a couple of free movie nights under the stars.

Centennial events will include “Movies Under the Stars: “The Rise of the Guardians” on Dec. 6.

It starts at 6 p.m. at Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater, 2001 City Center Circle.

A Christmas in the Park – Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the amphitheater.

The 36th Annual Port Orange Christmas Parade is Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., Dunlawton Avenue east from Nova Road.

Visit the city’s website for all the Centennial celebration news and events at


City lecture to focus on
Three Dunlawton Bridges
If you are interested in Port Orange history, there will be a lecture on the Three Dunlawton Bridges at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13. It will be held at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.
Each year, thousands and thousands of people drive their vehicles over the Dunlawton Bridge.  Whether traveling for a day at the beach or visiting the great community of Port Orange, the Dunlawton Bridge plays a major role in daily routines of many people.
For more information, call 386-506-5522.


Child Care assistance available for Flagler, Volusia residents
Do you know someone who needs help paying for childcare?

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia is calling customers from October’s waiting list. This means the wait period to receive childcare assistance is very minimal right now. This is an income eligible program that requires participants to be working or going to school at least 20 hours/week.

Apply online at, call 386-323-2400 ext. 396, or visit one of the following locations:

• Daytona Beach: 135 Executive Circle, Suite 100, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• DeLand: 1205 S. Woodland Blvd., Suite 1, DeLand, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Flagler: 800 E. Howe, Bunnell, Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Deltona to present ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ parade
The City of Deltona’s third Christmas Parade themed “An Old Fashioned Christmas’’ is returning to Deltona Boulevard on Dec. 7.

Marching bands, performers, floats, fire trucks, a life-size gingerbread house, Santa and all of his assistants will travel Deltona Boulevard from Balsam Street (where the U.S. Post Office is located) to Stratford Commons (near Dollar General) beginning at 6 p.m.


Beach Safety schedules public workshop Dec. 16
Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division will hold a public workshop to review and take public input on surfing and fishing regulations at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

The meeting will be on the third floor of the Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

For more information, call Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson at 386-239-6414.


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